More On Conspiracies

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Recently I wrote some thoughts about conspiracy theories. To-day I came across an interesting OpEd piece on conspiracies written by Sacha Baron Cohen, a comedian, actor and screenwriter in Time magazine. I thought to make a note of some common conspiracies Cohen has cited in his OpEd piece.

The following conspiracy theories taken directly from the Cohen’s Time OpEd:

  • The blood libel—the myth that Jews murdered Christian children and used their blood for religious rituals—is the world’s oldest conspiracy, dating back to the Middle Ages.
  • The lie that Black people are genetically inferior or inherently violent is at the core of white supremacy.
  • The lie that women are biologically or mentally unequal to men—to be treated as property and body-shamed—has perpetuated millennia of patriarchy.
  • The lie that there is an epidemic in the U.S. of babies being executed shortly after birth has helped fuel state bans on abortion, even in the case of rape or incest.

Donald Trump—who averages 23 lies a day and is the world’s greatest superspreader of coronavirus conspiracies—has caught the virus himself. He has a dutiful ally in Facebook—the greatest propaganda machine in history. And this is a time when Americans are especially vulnerable to lies and conspiracies. This trifecta has created a whirlwind of conspiratorial madness.

Sacha Baron Cohen in Time OpEd

In his OpEd, Cohen writes other COVID-19 related conspiracies spread by President Trump which according to cohen, ‘for political survival’.

We should make our own informed judgement whether there is some truth or these are mere conspiracies to misinform the public.